Naltrexone is a non-narcotic medication that blocks the opioid receptors in a person’s brain, dramatically reducing cravings. Naltrexone is non-addictive and does not block the production and release of the body’s natural endorphins. If a relapse occurs while an individual is taking naltrexone, the medication prevents the feeling of euphoria or “high”.
Naltrexone aids in combatting the withdrawal symptoms and cravings experienced during the first few weeks or months of recovery. Freed from intense cravings and unable to get high, patients have the strength and support to look beyond their physical symptoms and begin to focus on treating the psychological aspects of recovery.